Indonesia will for the first time this year present her own National Pavilion in the most acclaimed and prestigious art exhibition in the world: the 55th La Biennale di Venezia International Art Exhibition , which is scheduled to take place in Venice, Italy from 1st June to 24th November 2013.
The Indonesian Pavilion will take up 500 square meters space in the Arsenale, one of two main venues at the Biennale.
This year, Paolo Baratta, President of la Biennale di Venezia and Curator/Director of the Visual Arts Section Massimiliano Gioni have chosen Il Palazzo Enciclopedico or The Encyclopedic Palace as the theme of this year’s the Art Exhibition. Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace) is depicted as an imaginary museum that was meant to house all worldly knowledge, bringing together the greatest discoveries of the human race, from the wheel to the satellite, which in 1955 was evoked by a self-taught Italian-American artist Marino Auriti .
Globally recognized as the Venice Biennale, the history of this Biennial event goes back over a century with an initial 30 participating national pavilions, which have rapidly grown to 89 in 2011. The last Biennale also saw 440,000 visitors from all over the world, 4,554 journalists, over 70 international television stations covering the event, and great interest from the social media.
Preparations are now underway; the long selection process has been completed and five of Indonesia's best contemporary artists chosen to represent Indonesia at the 2013 Biennale.
The five artists are Albert Yonathan Setiawan, Sri Astari, Eko Nugroho, Entang Wiharso, and Titarubi, each of whose works have their own individual characteristics, representing the diversity in Indonesian contemporary art, says Carla Bianpoen, who heads the Artistic Team.
To present this exciting event, Bumi Purnati Indonesia, initiator and organizer of the Indonesia Pavilion has partnered Milan-based Change Performing Arts. The last major collaboration of the two was the successful world tour of the South Sulawesi epic "I La Galigo" that brought Indonesia to the spotlight of international contemporary audiences in Singapore, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Lyon, Ravenna, New York, Milan and Taipei.
Realizing the significance of the event, the team is determined to showcase the sophisticated creativity, uniqueness, and diversity of Indonesia's contemporary artists and their oeuvres, while positioning Indonesia as a country where a vibrant contemporary art scene is a natural reflection of a rich cultural heritage.
Copyright © 2014 Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia. All Rights Reserved